When you hear about Salt Lake City, what comes to mind?
The Olympics. Beautiful scenery. Great skiing and snowboarding. The Rockies. A clean, family-friendly place. Salt Lake City is all of these things. Chances are The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or Mormons, also come to mind. That’s no surprise. since Salt Lake City has quite a few Latter-Day Saints.
But something amazing is happening here in this northwestern city: An amazing trend that will change how you think about Salt Lake City, Mormons, and, we hope, your own, Christian faith. Since 2002, when the winter Olympics were held in Salt Lake, the population of our city has boomed. Surpisingly, most of the people who moved to this welcoming mountain city - 1 million in total - were not Mormon. In fact, most of these people, have no church home at all. While there are already a few thriving churches in our area, there simply aren’t enough.
Here’s what we mean...
An average American city has 1 church for every 950 people. Compare that to Salt Lake City, where there is 1 church for every 18,000 people (and that’s counting every Protestant and evangelical church). This is the worst average anywhere in the U.S. What this means is that on any given weekend, 3% of Salt Lake City residents are in a Protestant church. With a Christian population comparable to India (2.3%), Iraq (3%), China (4%), Vietnam (7.2%) or Syria (10%), perhaps you begin to see, along with us, a mission field and the opportunities that await in not-so distant soil.
If you heard about an under-churched place, where the average age was young (27 years old), and the population was growing (11%) a year. A place where families were strong and the people spoke your own language. A place where the workforce was educated (70%) and plenty of housing was available (14% growth in homes). If it was a place where the average income was enough to support a church ($66,000 a year). Would you send a missionary to plant a church? Would you take up Jesus’ mission to “seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10)?
Right here in the U.S. there are 1 million people waiting for someone with anough vision, courage, and faith to bring the hope of Jesus to Salt Lake City. It can happen if those of us who are willing to go to the ends of the earth are also willing to share him in our own neighborhood. That’s why we’re partnered with organizations, churches, and individuals like you: To not just plant one church, but to start a planting movement that will spread the gospel of Jesus throughout Salt Lake City.
Commit your prayers, people, and resources, and take advantage of this opportunity to plant a church and change a city, one life at a time.
We belong to a movement with a vision to multiply churches across Utah's Wasatch Front over the next generation.
Salt Christian Church exists to go and make disciples; to baptize people in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; and to teach everything Jesus commanded.
Our Spiritual Elements (Values)
- God loves everyone, and so do we.
- Jesus reigns as both Lord and Savior.
- The Bible guides our day-to-day life.
- Prayer turns our hearts toward God.
- The Holy Spirit partners with us and empowers us in ministry.
- Relationships deepen with God and each other.
- The Church works together on-mission to make disciples.
- Stewardship invests our resources in God's work.
Our name, Salt, comes from Matthew 5:13, where Jesus is telling his disciples they are the "Salt of the earth." In Jesus' day, salt was a valuable asset (we believe Jesus is worth everything). Salt was a staple (we believe the Bible is for day-to-day life). Salt was a preservative (we believe grace saves our lives). Salt was a flavoring (we believe everyone should have a taste of who God is).
What we believe about...
We believe the whole Bible is God-breathed, useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
We believe Jesus is God the Son (John 10:30), co-equal with God (John 1:1) and the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:17), the head over all the Church and all creation (Colossians 1:15-20).
We believe God loves every, single person on earth to the extent of sending Jesus - fully God and fully human (Colossians 2:9) - into history to die sacrificially on our behalf, so that all might believe His Word and come into a right relationship with Him (John 3:16).
We believe that Jesus ultimately desires for all Christians to obey all His teachings (John 8:31-32, John 15:10).
Sin & Salvation
We believe that all have sinned and need salvation (Romans 3:23).
We believe the Bible teaches that eternal salvation from our sin comes through personal faith in and confession of Jesus as Savior and Lord, as one repents of sin and is baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38).
We believe salvation is made sure by continuing to grow in and live life trusting in Jesus (2 Peter 1:5-11).
We believe we cannot save ourselves by works, since salvation is by grace through faith in Christ. Rather, we were created in Christ to do the works of God (Ephesians 2:8-10). Thus, authentic faith is demonstrated in works (James 2:17 and Matthew 7:20-21)
The Holy Spirit
We believe that "the Church" is not a "building" but rather a local and global "body" made up of people as its members. At Salt, we call our members "partners" - because everyone is expect to take an active part in helping the local church become more healthy, generous, and diverse (1 Corinthians 12:12-27).
The purpose of the church is to work together on-mission to make disciples of Jesus, to baptize people, and to teach everything Jesus commanded (Matthew 28:19-20).
Gifts & Leadership
We believe the Lord gave leaders in the church to prepare all Christ followers for works of service. Because of this, there are no “inactive” members of the Church (Ephesians 4:12).
We believe elders are to lead the church and shepherd the flock along with the pastoral staff (Acts 20:28-35). They mutually share in responsibility and authority in the church. They exercise discipline on the disobedient as needed. This is to be done in love and humility for the sole purpose of restoring members to the church (Galatians 6:1).
We believe we are to seek unity in doctrine, allow liberty in opinions, and exercise love in all situations. This means being bold to speak where the Bible speaks while not making commands where the Bible is silent (a Restoration Movement principle).
We strive to be "simply Christian" and treat the Old and New Testaments of the Bible - and no other written or spoken words - as the only source of special revelation, authority, and prophecy from God.
Starting Point is a course we use to move people from “point A” to “point B” in their journey of faith. By the time someone has finished Starting Point, they will know what it means to make Jesus Lord and Savior, to become a Christian, and to partner with the church. We are working on training our next group of “trail guides” - leaders who will help someone else move from point A to B like, just as they did.
Brent, Trisha, Seth, & Naomi Captain
Brent grew up as both a preacher’s kid and missionary kid. He made a decision at age 12 to make Jesus the Lord and Savior of his life and was baptized into Christ. He began Christ’s work immediately finding himself both baptizing and discipling several of his friends through Jr. and Senior High. During his sophomore year of high school Brent made a decision to formally begin training in ministry at Cincinnati Bible College. The most valuable thing he discovered at Cincinnati however had nothing to do with the classroom or even practical ministry experience. At the start of his junior year he met a young lady by the name of Trisha and found a helpmate for the ministry God was calling him toward.
Brent married Trisha on February 3rd, 2002 and they moved to Florida during that summer. He finished a degree in Christian Leadership and Bible from Florida Christian College and served in various ministries in Florida over the next 8 years. Brent loves to preach, teach, cast vision, coach leaders, and most of all lead people to a personal relationship with Jesus. As a ministry in Florida came to a close, Brent began searching for a place to serve where there were very few churches or workers.
Brent and Trisha accepted a staff role with Roy Christian Church in Utah where both he and Trisha found their hearts breaking for the hundreds of thousands that don’t know the truth about Jesus. God helped Roy Christian grow rapidly over the two-and-a-half years they were there and with the churches blessing Brent and Trisha are now starting a new church.
Trisha was born on February 15, 1982 and grew up in DeLand, Florida. Her parents are Ken and Kathy McKain. She is the youngest of the 4 children. Trisha gave her life over to Christ on a Sunday night in September 1989 and was baptized. Not having a clue what lay before her she made the choice that no matter what happened she would walk with the Lord. In her middle and high school years she was very involved in her youth group leadership team. She also sang on the adult worship team on Sundays. After high school Trisha took a year off from school and then set out to follow her oldest sister to Cincinnati, Ohio. Looking for a change in life and of course hoping and praying to find a husband, Trisha attended Cincinnati Bible College. God blessed while she was there and she found her husband Brent. On August 11, 2003 (after suffering a miscarriage in 2002) God blessed again with the birth of a son named Seth and on May 16, 2005 they had their daughter Naomi. Trisha loves her spot in ministry along side of her husband. She has found that using her gift of hospitality by having people over to the house is a great way for her to show God’s love and make connections. Trisha loves to disciple other women and help them find God and teach them what making Jesus LORD of their life means.
Brent and Trisha are experiencing the joy and contentment of really being where God wants them. They have heard God’s call to share the truth about Jesus with this unreached community. And they are both super excited to settle in and see what God has planned in the days, weeks, months, and years to come.
Louie & Lisa Captain
Lewis (Louie) grew up in the small town of Bluffton, Indiana as the middle of 5 children. God and the church were an important part of their family life. At age 12 he made a personal commitment to Christ. At age 23 he was introduced for the first time to the Christian Church/Churches of Christ and was taught from the Bible and was baptized. While working as a school teacher and coach in Portland, Indiana, Louie felt God’s call to enter full-time church ministry. He went back to college at Cincinnati Bible Seminary and received a Masters degree in Practical Theology. During this time he met his wife Lisa, who was a student in the Bible College and also wanted to be a minister’s wife. They have now enjoyed 35 years of life and ministry together. They are the proud parents of three sons who are all in full-time church ministry today. Over the years Louie and Lisa have served church ministries in Ohio, Indiana, New York, and Hawaii. Besides these church ministries, they also worked eight years overseas with Zimbabwe Christian College. Louie served as Academic Dean of the college as well as one of the regular teachers. In these ministries Louie has used his training and gifts in teaching, leadership and the Bible.
Lisa grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana having one older brother. Her parents divorced when she was 10 years old. She had gone to the Lutheran church, but did not learn much about a personal relationship with Christ in the church or parochial school she attended. Her dad remarried a woman in the Christian Church and at age 12 she was baptized into Christ and began growing in her Christian walk. At Cincinnati Bible College she took studies in Bible, secretarial, and music. After marrying Louie, Lisa has served alongside of him in the ministries he has held and tried to be his number one supporter. In doing this she has worked in various jobs in the church such as teaching children, discipling women, playing piano, leading choir, and acting as church secretary. As their own kids came along, Lisa took on the role of home school teacher, which she did through 8th grade for all three of her sons. The past few years she has been working as the cafeteria manager, as well as in other areas at Greenwood Christian School. Through this job she has been able to use her organizational and communication skills as well as her love for working with children and families.
Louie and Lisa have taken on the challenge of new church ministry in Utah. They are particularly drawn to this work because of the great need for workers. As their son Brent shared with them about the great numbers of people searching for God and not enough workers to do the job, God’s call touched their hearts to move once again. As previously experienced, they are motivated by what God can do, especially through a new church plant. They are thrilled as well to be near their son’s family and work with him in ministry
Year 1: $170,000
75% external / 25% internal
Staff Salaries & Moving Expenses $91,000 (3 full-time staff)
Equipment $24,000 (worship, kids, hospitality, signage, storage)
Facility $17,000 (weekend meeting space)
Outreach $15,000 (events, marketing, meetings, travel)
Ministry $20,000 (worship, kids, connections, discipleship, admin)
Missions $3,000 (10% giving back toward church planting)
Year 2: $210,000
50% external / 50% internal
Staff Salaries $133,000 (3 full-time staff)
Facility $37,000 (weekend meeting space, office space, storage)
Outreach $3,000 (events, marketing, meetings, travel)
Ministry $19,000 (worship, kids, connections, discipleship, admin)
Missions $18,000 (giving back towards church planting)
Year 3: $250,000
25% external / 75% internal
Staff Salaries $155,000 (3 full-time staff)
Facility $40,000 (weekend meeting space, office space, storage)
Outreach $6,000 (events, marketing, meetings, travel)
Ministry $24,000 (worship, kids, connections, discipleship, admin)
Missions $25,000 (giving back towards church planting)
A Multiplying Movement
We believe God has called us to start a movement that plants 100 churches in the greater Salt Lake area in the next 30 years. Movements rise and fall based on 3 things: God’s Provision, Leadership and Funds. At Salt, we are also working to recruit and develop leadership in 5 key areas.
Commendations from major strategic partners
Our Strategic Church Partners
Our network of support is also made up of many wonderful, individual supporters - family, friends, our sisters and brothers in Christ. If you are one of the many who already support us on an individual basis, THANK YOU! We couldn't accomplish kingdom work in Utah without your help!
In small groups
In Starting Point course
New people connections
Through services and events
Invitations to church
physical: postcards, door-hangers
digital: email, social media
personal: business cards, word-of-mouth
Given in support
Your support will help make our first summer as a church a success!
Financial gifts can be made in two ways:
1. Write a check to "Salt Christian Church," and mail to:
Salt Christian Church
P.O. Box 160638
Clearfield, UT 84016
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